Billy Gilmour make his Premier League debut.Gilmo

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The have designated reliever for assignment, the club ann Samir e Portuguese whizkid signed for Barcelona last week, but won’t move to the Nou Camp until the summer.After their 1-0 win over Sporting CP, Trincao said: “My signature at FC Barcelona? I will work and stay as usual. “The rest doesn’t interest me yet. Nasri has beeho time.Former Chelsea star Cole said that Mourinho is “trying to turn a cruise ship” at Spurs and deserves more time before he is judged in the hot seat. “Jose has gone into a difficult situation,” Cole said. “In the media in particular there is a ln flooded by offers from around the world.While he failed to win a new deal with the Irons, the six months he enjoyed at West Ham was enough to put him in the shop window.Foot Mercato says several Ligue 1 clubs have made contact, ounced Sunday.

Harris, 28, spent much of 2012 between Double-A and Triple-A in the Rockies system. The righty posted a 2.08 ERA over 52 innings with a 5.1 K/BB. He reached the majors as a September call up but served up an 8.15 ERA over 17.2 innings, including three home runs allowed.

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oving for Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubra

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general me veteran will miss this week’s qualifiers against Montenegro and Kosovo.”The midfielder arrived with an injury but it was hoped he would be available to play a part in the Three Lions’ forthcoming UEFA EURO 2020 qualifiers,” said a statement on Tuesanager Sandy Alderson said Friday there is no direct connection between starting pitcher ‘s latest injury and his no-hitter from last June, the first in franchise history.

Santana is expected to miss the entire 2013 season after suffering a re-tear of the anterior capsule in his left shoulder that could also end his career.

“(There is) little to suggest it had to do with the no-hitter. He continued to pitch. He was symptom-free for a period of time thereafter,” Alderson told ESPN. “Was [the no-hitter] a nice part of Mets history? Yeah, absolutely. If it came at the price of Johan’s career? No,mett is delighted seeing more Geordies on the pitch.The victory over Manchester United saw three Geordies on the pitch – Andy Carroll joining the Longstelsea manager Frank Lampard admits that he felt Sheffield United could come back in their 2-2 draw.The Blues were in a 2-0 lead after a fantastic start to the game.However, their levels dropped in the second half and the newly promoted side earned a aff brothers, with Dummett on the bench.As a Newcastle fan himself, Dummett is pleased to see it.H not worth it.”

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boss Pep Guardiola launched a defence of midfield

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Andy Pettitte held the Nationals to two runs (oneterms with Chelsea.Luiz says he is close to agreeing a new contract with the club.Asked if he will be at Chelsea next season, Luiz said: “Yes I think so. Sooneverybody is going to know. It will be before the Europa League final, in fivedays.”I love t earned) on five hits and no walks Friday. He struck out six.

Pettitte owns a 3.52 ERA in 15.1 ulas insists Moussa Dembele will not leave this month.In France, it’s been claimed Manchester United have made an offer for the striker in the last 24 hours.But Aulas told RMC: “Moussa hiGraham Potter.The Seagulls appointed Potter as their new boss in the summer and have since looked to implement a new identity, which has yielded a victory over Watford and a home draw against West Ham so far this season.”I think against a little bit mself is not to my knowledge trying (for a departure). “Whateveinnings this spring with 14 strikeouts against four walks. Pettitte only appeared in three major league games this spring, but if his last tuneup is any indication, he’s ready for the regular season. He’s slated to be the ‘ third starter behind CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda.

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g to Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, when sp

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will return to action from an abdominal injury Sunday, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reported with his new deal.He has signed a new contractys the Belgium No1 falls short of the great Real goalkeepers from the past.He said: “I think the feeling in the Bernabéu is that they think that Courtois is perhaps not a player that right now could match all the great goalkeepers who have recently with the club until 2023.The Frenchman arrived in north London begun work at Bodymoor Heath after making the switch from rivals West Brom. The former Stourbridge manager spent 13 years as chief of the Baggies academy, helping establish it as one of the best in the country. He described head coach Dean Smith, spin the summer of 2016 and has developed into a key player under Mauricio Pochettino.Sissoko said: “I’m very proud to sign a new deal witts. The injury has kept him out of action for nearly a month; the righty has appeared in just two games so far this spring for the .

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s serious.The centre half was forced off after 19

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Houston top pitching prospect made his first spring start on Mondon Brazilian great Roberto Carlos.The Bosnia & Herzegovina international has studied a whole host of players in his position ever since he started playing football as a young boy.”My No 1 is Roberto Carlos,” Kolasinac told arsenal.com, when askeday against the Tigers. Cosart did not pitch well as he allowed four hits, three runs and four walks over two-plus innings, reports .com. “I know I’ve got five, six, seven more times out before Spring Training is oveontract if he’s to join Manchester United.The Arsenal-Spurs-Zaha-Chelsea-latest-gossip-updates”>Daily Express says Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri has claimed the Argentina international wants no clause in his contract that would see his wages rer,” he said. “I have to put this one behind me. Any time I can make an impression with the coaching staff and front office — whoever happens to be here — it’segrets leaving Real Madrid for PSG.The goalkeeper left Madrid in August for Real, where Thibaut Courtois has struggled this season.But Keylor says: “My adaptation is going very well, with the city, the club, my teammates and the championship. The res huge for me. I can take some positives, but I know for the most part what I need to work on, which is going to be huge for me going forward.”

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Alexander Sorloth is set to be offloaded by Crysta

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MLB.com reports Rangers outfielder has been diagnosed with a strained muser Wilfried Zaha.Napoli are set to launch a £60 million bid for Zaha as they step up their pursuit of a big-money winger, says the Napoli-set-launch-60-million-bid-Crystal-Palace-winger-Wilfried-Zaha.html”>Daily Mail. The Serie A side had targeted Zad he could adidas have helped ease tensions with Paul Pogba, it has been revealed.The Daily Star says the German sportswear giants hold huge stakes in both the Premier League club and the France World Cup winner.Pogba, 26, signed a bumper 10-year boot deal withhave made a substitution after ten minutes during his side’s game against Arsenal.The Blues started the game in a 3-4-3 formation, but they were struggling for much of the first period and went in 1-0 down to a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gcle in his left shoulder and the Rangers have advised he might have to miss the World Baseball Classic.

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must embrace the challenge ahead without Harry Ka

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Padres prospect had another impressive day at the plate in Tuesday’s Cacmpard has provided a positive update on the fitness of N’Golo Kante.World Cup winner Kante trained separatelyhim Diaz would be a welcome addition.Getafe president Angel TorBarcelona midfielder Carles Alena won’t rule out moving to Real Madrid.Alena signed for Real Betis last week on-loan to the end of this season.Asked about using Betis as a stepping stone to Madrid, Alena laughed: “In football there can be a lot goingres has confirmed they’ve made a loan offer for Brahim.”I can say that we are working on a situation, although I do not like talking about names because it is not good for the player or f from the Blues squad in Ireland last week, but will now integrate with his teammates in Japan.”N’Golo hopefully is going to integrate into ptus League game against the Reds. He came on in the eighth inning and launched a solo homer off for his third homer of the spring. Gyorko, who is competing for the starting job at second base, has gone 4 for 10 (.400) with nine RBI and a 1.300 slugging percentage through four games.

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close the teen came from being lost to Barcelona

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The Arizona Republic reports Wednesday that Diamondbacks pitcher lost 10-15 poeason.Rondon has been on-loan at Newcastle from West Brom.Rondon said: mouth is demanding huge money to sell Nathan Ake.Sky Sports says Bournemouth have told Leicester City that they’ll have to part with £75million if they want to make Ake their replacement for Harry Maguire.The Cherries think that because Ake is two y“Better with age? For me, yes. It’s like a wine! I try to be healthy all the time. I am getting older so I have to work more than the young players. I have to work really hard aunds over the offseason after changing his diet. In fact, manager Kirk Gibson said he looks like a “totally different guy.” Cahill wanted to beconvolved with the club with helping them achieve Europa League qualification – including the chef!The Molineux outfit have sealed a seventh placed finish after only being promoted from the Championship last season.Nuno said: “To do it the way we did ime a better fielder after struggling in that role last year. “His body is different,” Gibson said. “I think he’s worked a lot on his athleticism. He’s leaned out.”

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Ruiz apologizes, and Manuel says ‘I trust him’

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CLEARWATER, Fla. — won’t serve his suspension until the season begins in April, but in a very real sense, his punishment for testing positive for amphetamines began this week.It began Wednesday, when Ruiz spoke publicly for the first time since Or it began Tuesday, when Ruiz arrived at camp and met with his manager.As uncomfortable as Ruiz looked for his seven minutes in front of the television cameras, the time he spent with Charlie Manuel may have been tougher.Tougher, but productive, because Manuel came away convinced that his catcher won’t become a repeat offender and will continue to be a top-level player.”I trust him,” Manuel said. “I know him, and therefore I trust him. I got on him [Tuesday]. I got on him good. The things he said, I trust him. I don’t think it’ll be a problem at all.”I don’t think he’ll ever do it again, that’s what I think.”Ruiz admitted Wednesday that he had taken Adderall, a drug that players are only allowed to take with a medical exter Milan.Gotti worked with Giroud at Chelsea and rates the Frenchman highly.He told TMW: “Giroud would have been perfect and succeeded with Inter from the beginning. “Giroud at Lazio would have been an alternative of great impact, because he has veremption (which Ruiz didn’t have). He admitted that he had failed two tests last season, although he wouldn’t answer any questions about why he took the drug, why he hadn’t gotten an exemption or whether he would try to get one now.”I want to put that behind mnside the current squad.Leicester are going well, sitting third after their 5-0 thrashing of Newcastle United.“We’re very confident, especially off the back of 5-0 win against Newcastle and the five great goals that we scored,” Chilwell told the Foe,” Ruiz said, after apologizing to fans and teammates. “I’m going to do my best. I made a mistake and I paid.”Major League Baseball has rules. When you make a mistake, you have to pay.”The Phillies will have to pay, too. Manuel agreed with the suggestion that Ruiz may have been the Phillies’ most valuable player last year.”Yeah, I was upset when I heard about [the suspension], Manuel said. “Chooch is a big part of our team. He’s developed into one of the best catchers in baseball. [Yadier] Molina is good, but Chooch is right there with him.”Manuel said that Ruiz seemed to be “really hurt” when the two spoke. There was no doubt that Ruiz looked and sounded emotional in his public statements Wednesday.”We’re disappointed,” general manager Ruben Amaro said. “He made a mistake. He’s going to pay for it. We’ll pay for it.”Manuel said he expects to be the Phillies’ main catcher while Ruiz serves his suspension. Ruiz is permitted to goor a spell on the sidelines with a hip injury. The club have not provided a timeline for Maguire’s return. Maguire missed Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg loss to Manchester City.Quizzed on how long Maguire would be out for, manager Ole Gun through spring training as usual, but will miss the first 25 games of the season.

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ed to conceded a sloppy winner against Sheffield U

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he will head into spring training with and in a platoon situation at third base. “That can always change,” Gonzalez said. “You start hitting the ball, you start playing well you find yourself in there more and more.” Gonzalez is eager to see what kind of shape Francisco is in when he reSilva and his teammates after breaching club rules – for a second time.The Liverpool Echo says he was late for a team meeting ahead of the game with Southampton.And Kean’s breach of club rules was the reason he was dropped from the matchday 18 for thports to camp. “He looked OK to me when we saw him in the Dback his players in public.He believes that so long as his team are true to their attacking philosophy and mentality, he will always protect them.But Wilder says that all bets are off if they are not giving it a proper go it at Chelsea.Willian’s effort from the edge of the area slipped from Adrian’s grasp after only 13 minutes of their FA Cup encounter at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.But Liverpool manager Klopp was in no mood for blaming his players after a slack pn games.Wilder said to repoominican right after the winter meetings, the 10th or 11 of December,” Gonzalez said. “We’ll see. He’s got a great opportunity, and he knows that. I expect him to be in good shape and I expect him to have a heck of a spring training. If he’s not, shame on him. It’s a good opportunity.”

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Report: Yankees and Mets competing for Scott Hairston

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The bidding for free-agent outfielder “mainly involves” the and , to ESPNNewYork.com’s Wallace Matthews.

According to Hairston’s agent, the free agent is expected to decide his destination within “a matter of days,” says Matthews.

Other teams that had been reportedly interested in Hairston this offseason were the Braves, Phillies, Giants, Cardinals, Tigers and Indians.

If Hairston re-signs with the Mets, he would likely be an everyday stter their 2-1 home den’s Super League season.The team will now be known solely as Everton, with Women only added to differentiate from the men’s squad in club news and press releases.”The identity change is an important and progressive step,” chief executive officer Proffeat to Burnley.Returning to Premier League action following the inaugural winter player break, strikes from Ashley Westwood and Matej Vydra secured the win for the visitors.Danny Ings had restored parity with his 18th of the camarter in the outfield. With  the Yankees, Hairston, who bats right, could mainly start against left-handed pitching to r the FA Cup.The Hammers coach only recently took over from Manuel Pellegrini.While he knows the FA Cup is a chance to win silverware and please the supporters, he wants to ensure the team remains in the Premier League beyond this season.The Hammers complement a lefty-heavy starting three.

Hairston hit .263/.299/.504 with 20 home runs in 398 plate appearances for the Mets in 2012. But he hit .286/.317/.550 in 199 plate appearances against left-handed pitching, in line with his favorable career splits against lefties.

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Who’s the greatest designated hitter of all-time?

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The occasion of our evaluating Edgar Martinez’s Hall-of-Fame case raises a relevant question: Who’s the greatest DH of them all?

The designated hitter is a rather recent artifact (born in 1973), but you nevertheless find a number of good-to-great hitters who spent most of their time fulfilling those duties.

So there are two ways to approach such an urgent matnt Mino Raiola has defended his management of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.Since his return to England from Juventus, the 26-year-old has been blighted by injuries and rumours of being a divisive figure in the dressing room.Speaking to Spoter. The first way is to answer the question: Who was the best hitter to spend a majority of his career at DH? If that’s the guiding query, then the discussion will be a brief one. It’s Frank Thomas (career OPS+ of 156), and it’s not a close call.

But if we frame the question in a different, perhaps more fitting way — Who was the most productive while occupying the DH spot? — then things get more interesting. That’s in large part because Thomas was far more productive as a first baseman than he was as a DH.

If we stipulate that contenders for “best ever while manning DH spot” must have logged at least 5,000 career plate appearances and have spent at least half of those PAs at DH, then our list of contenders is down to six: Thomas, Martinez, , Hal McRae, Harold Baines and Don Baylor.

Let’s compare some numbers, shall we? Below you’ll find a table — as lovely in execution as it is informative in conception — that places these six names athwart and astride one another.

You’ll see each designated hitter’s name, the number of plate appearances he logged at DH, his AVG/OBP/SLG and OPS compiled while deployed as a DH and — and then comes the long division. Actually, it’s pretty simple. Under the heading “OPS/Avg. DH OPS” you’ll find the hitter’s OPS as a DH divided by the league DH OPS over the span of his career. Ergo, the higher the number, the better he fared relative to the garden-variety DH of his era. This makes for a quick-and-dirty way to compare across run-scoring environments and according to positional standards.

To the digits …

Who is the greatest DH?PlayerPA as DHAVG/OBP/SLGOPS as DHOPS/Avg. DH OPSEdgar Martinez6,218.314/.428/.532.9591.21David Ortiz6,523.288/.384/.557.9411.16Frank Thomas5,698.275/.394/.505.8991.12Hal McRae5,917.294/.357/.463.8201.10Harold Baines6,618.291/.370/.467.8371.07Don Baylor5,391.259/.344/.449.7921.06Sorted by OPS/Avg. DH OPS

As you can see, Martinez, our candidate in question, distinguishes himself. He has the highest OPS and the highest era/position-adjusted OPS, and he ranks third out of six in DH plate appearances. It’s also worth remembering that OPS equates its two components, OBP and SLG, when OBP is the more valuable of the two. Given Martinez’s OBP-heavy breakdown, OPS actually undervalues him to an extent.

Park effects? Contrary to reputation, Seattle’s Kingdome played as a roughly neutral environment over Martinez’s time as a reTottenham have pinpointed Giovanni Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele as their primary transfer targets.Both players have impressed manager Mauricio Pochettino this season.The London Evening Standard says Pochettino’s obvious excitement for the summer won’t impact their new targets.Both clubs are widely touted as top talents.gular there, and he spent the back end of his career in run-suppressing Safeco. As for Ortiz — Martinez’s closest competition based on the above numbers — his home park of Fenway is a toan Rice has emerged as a 2020 priority target for Manchester United.Goal says United could even make a move for the West Ham star in January – if they can stump up £80million.United are already thought to be drawing up a shortlist of stars they wantugh yard for left-handed home runs, but it’s a very accommodating park for every other facet of the left-handed hitter’s game (i.e., singles, doubles and triples). In other words, there’s nothing in the playing environments that would push Ortiz ahead of Martinez. That’s to say nothing of the fact that Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs each rate Martinez as the better base-runner of the two.

Given all that, I’m comfortable saying that Martinez, in terms of value from the DH position, is the greatest designated hitter ever. How much that means when it comes to Martinez’s Cooperstown case is a matter for another EOB post.

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Phillies, Rangers talk about trade for Michael Young

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NASHVIop 18 points and still finish the season champions.The league leaders took another huge step towards their first title in 30 years with a 2-1 victory over Wolves at Molineux last night.Klopp revealed afterwards that he had lost count how David Luiz.Despite the positivity from Arsenal fans surrounding the unexpected £8million deal, former Chelsea fullback Johnson has sent the Brazilian’s new team-mates a warning.“David Luiz is a winner, you have to agree. He’s won all sorts of tromany points LLE, Tenn. — The Phillies and Rangers have talked about a trade that would send Michael Young to Philadelphia to play third base.Sources confirmed that the two teams have discussed the deal, and the Dalla simply throw cash at this one. And no, we’re not talking about appeal lawyers and that UEFA ban…The Champions League suspension – for two seasons – is a setback for City. But UEFA’s ruling isn’t the biggest hurdle now confronting the board and mans Morning News that the teams were in “advanced talks.” The News said that the Rangers would likely eat more than half of Young’s $16 million salary for 2013, the final year of what was a five-year contract.The Rangers have tried to trade Young before, nearly dealing him to the Rockies two winters ago, after they signed Adrian Beltre to play third base. In two seasons since then, Young has spent about half his time as a designated hitter and the other half moving around the infield.Young is 36 years old and is coming off a poor season in which his OPS dropped to a career-low .682. He would still be a significant upgrade for the Phillies, who at this point have only Kevin Frandsen and Freddy Galvis as possible third basemen.

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Your 2012 AL Rookie of the Year (Non-Mike Trout division)

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It hardly seems fair. Any number of restaurant-quality rookie campaigns in the AL are going to be overlooked because decided to foil the suspense by authoring perhaps the greatest debut season in history. So let us give the distant remainder its due.

We’re asking this: In a lesser universe in which Trout did not exist (perish this thought), who should have been AL Rookie of the Year?

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put ‘s in second place and also found ‘ , ‘s and Oakland’s worthy of mention.

Elsewhere, of the and of the A’s merit a nod, but both lacked the playing time necessary for serious consideration. On the pitching side, down-ballot worthies included  of the A’s, of the , of the , of the Rays, of the and Kelvin Herrera of the . They, however, don’t stack up to Darvish or Parker (and neither does Chen, for that matter).

So the merits of each serious contender not named Mike Trout:

Cespedes dgers is determined not to pay over the odds for Harry Maguire’s replacement.Manchester United are set to swell the Leicester boss’ transfer kitty by a cool £85million to sign the Enited hero Gary Neville for celebrating Liverpool blowing their unbeaten Premier League run.The Reds, who return to league action against Bournemouth at Anfield on Saturday lunchtime, saw their hopes of going the entirety of the 2019/20 Premier Leaguegland defender.Asked if he feared having to pay a premium now selli… He batted .292/.356/.505 and averaged an extra-base hit every 9.2 at-bats, and he did all that despite playing his home games in a pronounced pitcher’s park. On the bases, he swiped 16 bags in 20 attempts. His value in the field, though, is up for debate. The A’s liked him enough to allow him to log almost half his defensive innings in center, but the eye test suggests he’s not a plus glove at the position. He does, however, look much better in left, where he spent the narrow majority of his time. Ultimate Zone Rating doesn’t seem to think much of Cespedes’ defense, but those numbers are simply not to be trusted across single-year samples. While Cespedes’ reads off the bat leave a bit to be desired, he has more than enough speed to paper over that shortcoming. I’m comfortable calling him an asset in left.

Darvish … Like Cespedes, he toiled in a home yard that was hostile toward his interestsclosing on an agreement with Benfica midfielder Gedson Fernandes.The Benfica-star-Gedson-Fernandes-18-month-loan-deal.html” target=”_blank”>Daily Mail says Spurs are close to agreeing terms over an 18-month loan for Fernandes.The 21-year-old had been. In spite of that backdrop, Darvish posted a 116 ERA+ across 191 1/3 innings, ranked fifth in the AL in strikeouts and did a good job of keeping the ball in the park. Walks were an occasional problem, but he showed much better command after making some mechanical tweaks in early August. Darvish’s peripherals say his ERA should’ve been better than it was.

Parker … He notched a 114 ERA+ in 181 1/3 innings, so he falls just short of Darvish on those fronts. Parker’s K rate left a bit to be desired, but he made up for it by generally keeping the ball on the ground.

The call … Cespedes’ case would be air-tight if he hadn’t missed more than 30 games to various hand and leg injuries. Even so, Cespedes is the choice. The completeness of his game in tandem with the inherent advantage that position players have over pitchers when it comes to overall value makes Cespedes the 2012 AL Rookie of the Year.

Except for Mike Trout, of course.

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NLDS Reds-Giants Game 3 preview: Ryan Vogelsong vs. Homer Bailey

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The Giants’ season is on the right shoulder of , as the two teams will face off in Game 3 of the NLDS on Tuesday in with the Reds holding a 2-0 series lead.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, since the advent of the wild card, 90 percent of the teams that have taken a 2-0 lead in the division series have gone on to win (38 of 42). National League teams are a perfect 21-for-21 when going up 2-0 in the division series since the wild card was introduced in 1995. 

While there was plenty of talking coming into the series about the Reds’ struggling offense, it’s the Giants who haven’t been able to put up runs against the Reds, scoring a total of two runs in two games. is hitting just .143/.250/.222 in the first two games of the series, while neither Giants starter has gone past the fifth inning.

Game 3 will be Vogelsong (14-9, 3.37) for the Giants against the Reds’ (13-10, 3.68).

Bailey hasn’t liked pitching much at Great American Ball Park this season, going 4-8 with a 5.16 ERA in 17 starts at home and 9-2 with a 2.32 ERA in 16 starts away from home, including his no-hitter in inspiration from Chelsea icon Didier Drogba.The striker has confirmedtegen has cast doubt on the mentality inside the Barcelona dressing room.After their Champions League eliminations by Roma and Liverpool in consecutive seasons, Ter Stegen admits it could yet happen again.He told 11Freunde: “They cannot be clarified the promise of his 26 goals for Aston Villa last season last season by breaking his Premier League duck with four in the Blues’ first six games of the current campaign.Highly-rate . Of the 26 home runs he’s allowed, 21 have gone out at Great American Ball Park.

Bailey received a no decision in his first start of the season against the Giants, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits in 6 1/3 on April 26 at Great American Ball Park. In five career starts against San Francisco, he’s 1-0 with a 5.59 ERA.

No current Giant has hit a home run off of Bailey, and only and have extra-base hits off of Bailey, both with a double each. Arias has faced him just three times and has two hits. , a former Cub, is 4 for 14. In six career plate appearances against Bailey, is 0 for 5 with two strikeouts and a walk.

Vogelsong, 35, was 14-9 with a 3.37 ERA for the Giants this season. In two starts against the Reds, he gave up six earned runs over 13 innings. He did not have a decision in either start. 

The former Pirate has appeared in six games at Great American Ball Park in his career, starting two. He’s 1-0 with a 4.57 ERA at Cincinnati. Both of his starts have come as a Giant, earning a no decision in both and putting up a 5.25 ERA.

This season he’s pitched much better at home, putting up a 2.86 ERA at AT&T Park and 3.87 away. He actually gave up one more home run at home than on the road.

has faced Vogelsong hase option in any loan deal this summer.The Real Madrid man was resigned to going out for the season, as he was not in manager Zinedine Zidane’s plans.However, the 23-year-old sees his long term future at Real, which is why he did not want Arsenal omore than any other Red and has seven hits (six singles) in 15 at-bats. (4 for 10), (4 for 12) and (2 for 4) have all touched Vogelsong for home runs. Vogelson, though, has had his way (more or less) with . Votto has just one hit in six at-bats, striking out twice and walking three times. has struck out five times in 13 plate appearances against the Giatns starter.

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